EGBE {ELERIKO}

 

 

Egbe

According to Ifa Studies, all human beings have peers in Heaven.  Those who do not have peers in Heaven cannot live on Earth.  This notwith-standing, some people are more active in their Heavenly peer groups than others.  These people take position of responsibilities in their groups.  these are the people known as Egbe or Alaraagbo.

There are also some other groups of Heavenly Peers who chose as part of their destinies to die young so that they will return to their heavenly groups in a very short period of time.  These are known as Abiku or Emere.

In general, Egbe as a Spiritual Entity supports its members, protect them, gives them children, wealth and so on.  Many Egbe Children assume leadership positions because they were leaders of their group while in heaven before they were born.  Consequently, the leadership roles they assume on earth here is nothing but an extension of the various positions they occupied in heaven.

Egbe or Alaraagbo is a lively spiritual entity and it believes in people making good their promises.  To Egbe if you make a promise, do fufill your promise.  Many Egbe make promises in heaven which they eventually find difficult to fufill here on earth due to one reason or another.  The Egbe will however insist that the promises be fulfilled.  They will make these people go through series of traumatic experiences until they fufill these promises or make all the necessary atonement through the performance of rituals.

It must however be noted that Egbe, Alaraagbo, Abiku or Emere are not Irunmole or Orisa in the strict sense of it.  It is rather a congregation of spiritually gifted and advanced youths and adults.  To feed Egbe is to feed these groups-either for support, protection or atonement of transgression.

Symbols of Egbe

The shrine of Egbe comprises of a pot similar to that of Osun or Yemaja.   This shrine may be located near a stream or river, at the foot of a banana or plantain plantation, at the foot of Odan {a kind of bayan) tree.  These are areas which Elegbe children and youth are believed to assemble for “Meetings” and plays.

Feeding Materials

Kolanut with four valves

Bitterkola

Palm Oil

Sugar cane

Pound and cooked beans

Moin-moin

Honey

Cock

He goat

Ram

Pounded yam

Yam flour meal

Cassava flour meal

Liquor

All known snacks and fast foods

Taboos

Palm kernel oil

Swearing while feeding Egbe

Mode of Feeding Egbe

Egbe is fed with singing, dancing while kneeling or sitting.

EGBE

ABIKU                             EMERE

AKUISAN

What are Emere?   Emere are spirits of the children, that come to brings various types of unstability to a family.  They come but do not fully develop to come into the world.  Miscarriages or almost full termed children.  They create destruction in the family.

What are Abiku?   Those that come to taste the world and leave quickly.  S-I-D There is an Odu Oturopon-gunda that speaks on the needed ebos to keep the child in the world.  We also mark the birthmark of the child to identify if this person has been here before.

What are Akuisan?   The unyet buried.  Aborted children.  There are also ceremonies needed in order to give the spirit a “Proper burial”.  The spirit of these children will create disruption in the mothers life until these ceremonies and rituals are carried out.

EGBE’S main concern is children.  She is reputed to afflict small children and the parents of a child may be told to worship her.  EGBE attacks children while they sleep, but they do not die immediately.  No one can see EGBE, but sometimes the effects of physical floggings are seen on the child’s body.  At times,  EGBE plays with children without anyone recognizing her presence.  Despite her propensity for  “worrying small children,”  she is capable of curing illness and giving children to women who pray to her and worship her.  If a client is told to give EGBE her calabash, he or she will buy a calabash, a sack, eggs, parrot feathers, sugar cane, honey, ground maize, corn pap and pounded yam.  These things are put into a calabash and it is put into a sack.  Following the throwing of the calabash into the river, it is believed that the patient will recover.

EGBE’S emblem consists of small stick similar to those for Egungun, feathers of a parrot, feather of a woodcock (agbe and aluko) and palm leaves.  These objects are tied together with black and white thread and the emblem is kept inside the house.

Oriki

GB, The gracious mother, one who is a sufficient support for those who worship her.

One who wears velvet, the neat one who eats sugar-cane in the streets of <y>.

One who spends a lot of money on palm-oil.

One who is always fresh and has plenty of oil with which she performs wonders.

One who has money for luxury, the beautiful.

One who falls on her husband like a heavy iron club.

One who has money to buy when things are dear.